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Two Fayetteville letter carriers to retire after 30-plus years of service

Rich Adams and Ron Barnwell have been delivering letters to the Maple Drive and Salt Springs neighborhoods in Fayetteville for years. On April 3, they will retire after 31 years of service to the village.

Rich Adams and Ron Barnwell have been delivering letters to the Maple Drive and Salt Springs neighborhoods in Fayetteville for years. On April 3, they will retire after 31 years of service to the village. Allie Wenner

— For almost 31 years, Rich Adams and Ron Barnwell have been delivering letters to Fayetteville residents’ homes.

But on April 3, both men will hang up their letter carrier uniforms for good, as they are both ending their careers and moving on to retirement from a job they both agree that they loved doing.

“My favorite thing is being outside – it’d be awful if I had to stay inside of an office all day,” said Adams, who lives in East Syracuse. “I love being outside and talking to the people on my route. I’m not so crazy about the cold days, but in the summer, it’s the greatest job in the world.”

“I love that you get to mingle with your customers,” said Barnwell, also an East Syracuse resident. “You get to know them and watch their kids grow up. When we first started working, there were some little kids who we’ve seen graduate high school and college and are now married and have kids of their own.”

Adams and Barnwell began working as Fayetteville letter carriers within months of each other in 1983. Both remember their early days as some of the most difficult

“It was a really hot day in the summer, I remember that,” said Adams. “I did a walking route and I was ready to quit after my first day because I thought it was just so hard. I was in shape, but it was one of those 100 degree days and I wasn’t used to walking the route with a heavy bag on.”

“After my first day, I was ready to quit too – the first day I had to deliver the mail myself I was ready to walk right out,” Barnwell said. “I never thought I’d make it when I first started – some people can’t, but I stuck with it. And if you stick with it, believe it or not, it gets easier.”

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